Venturing into the great outdoors used to mean going off the grid. Not so anymore! Thanks to technology, you can access apps on your cell phone to enhance your camping experience. Apps give you access to helpful camping tips, locations of dump stations, easy-to-use travel journals, and so much more. When you’re on the go, a little technology on your phone isn’t a bad thing. Apps can point you in the right direction for a campground, calculate gas and meal expenses, give you directions, and much more.
Since there are thousands of apps available to smartphone users, we’ve compiled a list of the best apps for RVing that we’ve found. These apps work on your smartphone, iPhone, or iPad. Some are free to download, while others can be purchased for a small fee. We’re confident that these apps will help make your next RV trip smooth as silk.
Google Navigation Maps (Free)
Download the latest version of Google Maps and you can retire your paper map to the glove box. Get Google Maps with Navigation, Places, and Latitude. It comes standard with a voice-guided GPS navigation system where you can get recommendations for places such as campgrounds, restaurants, or even gas stations.
Passport America (Free)
Instantly search 1,700 campgrounds where members save 50% off nightly camping rates. With this app you can search/browse campground locations, plus it provides details such as rates, amenities, rentals, contact info, and more.
Never overpay for gas again! GasBuddy helps you find the cheapest, most up-to-date gas prices currently in your area (US and Canada). You can also earn points towards prize giveaway entries for a $250 gas card that GasBuddy gives away every week with every gas price that you report.
TV Antenna Helper (Free)
Find free, over-the-air TV and HDTV signals in the United States using this free app. When you run this app, it will show you all the nearby TV towers so you know where to point your antenna.
Sanidumps RV Dump Station ($2.51)
When you need to access dump stations while on the road, Sanidumps.com has the largest listing of RV dump stations on the Internet. And now it’s accessible on-the-go. This premium version displays step-by-step driving directions and GPS coordinates for each site.
Camp and RV–Campgrounds Plus ($9.99)
Using extensive map filters, this ultimate camping app helps you find campgrounds, RV parks, and related services with or without the Internet.
Satellite Finder ($5.99)
This app assists in alignment of satellite dish antennas using augmented reality. It determines local position by using GPS/Skyhook that computes all values necessary to align your antenna. A magnetic sensor is used to help during alignment (a sound is emitted when properly aligned). This app is ideal for RVs, campers, and aligning a second dish.
Access the largest network of professional weather stations in North America along with thousands of locations around the world. WeatherBug brings you the most accurate, reliable, and timely weather information directly to your phone. This app comes complete with Doppler radar, severe weather alerts, maps, forecasts, and so much more. WeatherBug is the most comprehensive weather app available.
Plug in your destination for the day ahead and know before you head out which routes to take in order to avoid any adverse conditions. This app will help you make the most of your day on the road by alerting you to elevation changes, curviness, weather conditions, and unplanned things along your route.
Looking for cool stuff to do along the way? The RoadTrippers website and apps are a cool way to seek things out–from tourist attractions, dining options, scenic spots, and even some limited RV park listings.
Recycling on the road can be a tad difficult. This app can help you locate recycling options near your current location.